Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
April 2002


Langgaard: Symphonies No. 4 & 5
About the Album – Dacapo Rued Langgaard (1893-1952) was an odd, lonely figure in Danish music. His 16 symphonies make up a thought-provoking, original contribution to the history of the symphony. Symphony No. 4 is one of Langgaard’s most important and most frequently performed orchestral works, an “autumn diary” with evocations of various weather types and the related human moods. The summer is irrevocably over and nature and thought are held in the grip of decay, despair and a valedictory atmosphere. Symphony No. 5 is in a much more extroverted tonal idiom and is programmatically associated with a fantasy world, a ‘Nordic’ summer landscape dominated by heroic and legendary moods. The symphony exists in two different forms which the composer himself called Versions I and II – less than half the music is identical in the two works.

Rued Langgaard

Symphony No. 4 “Løvfald”, BVN 124 (1916, rev. 1920)
1. I. Fortvivlet skovbrus (Despairing forest murmur): Allegro 2:49
2. II. Solstrejf (Glimpses of sun): Quasi allegretto 2:27
3. III. Allargando espansivo 1:38
4. IV. Torden (Thunder): Allegro 1:17
5. V. Più lento 1:25
6. VI. Allegretto pastorale 0:50
7. VII. Høstligt! (Autumnal!): Allegro con moto 1:30
8. VIII. Træt (Tired): Poco adagio 2:39
9. IX. Fortvivlelse (Despair): Allegro appassionato 2:12
10. X. Tranquillo 2:58
11. XI. Comodo sempre 1:31
12. XII. Søndagmorgenklokkerne (Sunday morning bells): Sostenuto pesante 0:55
13. XIII. Forbi! (Over!): Più con moto 1:20

Symphony No. 5 (Version I), BVN 191 (191718/1926)
14. I. Lento misterioso (Introduzione) Allegro fiero 5:35
15. II. Lento 3:39
16. III. Allegro fiero 1:58
17. IV. Lento misterioso 3:10

(Premier Recording)
Symphony No. 5 (Version II) “Steppenatur” (“Sommersagnsdrama”), BVN 216 (191718/1920/1931)
18. I. “Sonate”: Lento misteriosoFiero pesante preciso 4:25
19. II. Florido 4:20
20. III. Pesante 4:09
21. IV. Coda: “Sonate” con variazioni: Fiero pesante 2:44
22. V. Andante 3:35


“This bids fair to be THE cycle for Langgaard enthusiasts. Dausgaard and Dacapo have set out to provide a definitive edition. It could easily have been a dull academic affair but not with Dausgaard at the helm. We must look to Dausgaard as a beaming bright prospect in the international orchestral stakes.” – Classical Music Web

“A terrific disc, thrilling from start to finish ” – International Record Review

“The orchestra plays splendidly and enjoys first class sound.” –  ClassicsToday 10/10 Review

“Hvis man vil lære Rued Langgaard at kende fra hans bedste og mest progressive side og kun vil investere i een cd med den danske symfoniker, kunne denne nye udgivelse fra dacapo og DR være svaret på alle behov. Den præsenterer noget af Langgaards største orkestermusik, serveret på en bakke af nationalt arvesølv, for både Radiosymfoniorkestret og dirigenten Thomas Dausgaard viser sig fra deres mest flatterende side.” – Politiken

[Trans: “If you want to learn Rued Overgaard know at his best and most progressive… this new release from Dacapo and DR is the answer to all your needs. It presents some of Langgaards orchestral music served on a tray of national family silver – for both the national Symphony Orchestra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard are] at their best.

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